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  • Healing Refuge in Albania

    Eljo Patoku
    April 24, 2019

    A World Challenge partner followed God’s call to offer support to a boy and those like him in one of Tirana’s grittiest neighborhoods.

    I live in Rruga-Ura, a suburb of Albania’s capital, where most residents are Roma with a Muslim background. 

    This is one of the poorest neighborhoods in Tirana, and it was difficult growing up here. People got into fights practically every day, and alcohol was almost everywhere

  • Building for Burundi’s Mothers

    Rachel Chimits
    April 23, 2019

    A group of churches in Bujumbura are working to help widowed women achieve economic independence and a new life in Christ.

    The Baptist Union of Churches was founded in 1928 and is the oldest evangelic and one of the most respected groups in Burundi. 

    In 1972, during a surge of tribal conflict between the Hutu and Tutsi, churches’ pastors were either killed or fled the country. Despite the terrible devastation, the church has recovered. 

  • The Passover Controversy

    Rachel Chimits
    April 19, 2019

    One of the biggest holidays surrounding Jesus’ sacrifice and resurrection is polarizing people.

    Whether you’re settling in to watch Ten Commandments or Prince of Egypt with the family to kick off this pre-Easter weekend, the part of the story most likely to invoke questions among children or just generally inquisitive viewers is the angel of death and the Passover feast.

  • The Widows of Guatemala

    Rachel Chimits
    April 18, 2019

    Those who have lost loved ones need extra compassion, and sometimes that love can take very practical forms.

    In the United States, there are nearly 14 million widows and widowers, and over 11 million of these are women.

  • A Man Reborn

    Rachel Chimits
    April 17, 2019

    “The bee is more honored than other animals, not because she labors, but because she labors for others.” —John Chrysostom, "Doctor of the Church"

    “Hopeless as a penny with a hole in it.” These were the words of some Kamdini residents to describe Robert Moro as they knew him a few years ago. 

    You would be hard-pressed to recognize him anymore based on that description, and these days his neighbors are the ones seeking him out for help.

  • Preparing for Easter

    Rachel Chimits
    April 16, 2019

    Some of the great symbols of our faith have been sadly misused in history, but this doesn’t make them any less important.

    My mother observed Lent and always wore all black to church on Good Friday. One time, shortly before we left the house, I asked her why. 

    “Today is kind of like remembering Jesus’ funeral. Of course, we know he’s alive and waiting for us in heaven, but first he had to die.”

  • Compassion’s Light in Kenya

    Mark Buzzetta
    April 15, 2019

    One woman lost everything and turned her loss into blessings for others.

    Mathare is the third largest slum in Africa and sixth in the entire world. It is here, though, where God’s love is shining brightly through a lady whom I had the honor of meeting in person.

  • Heart of Healing for Burundi

    Iteka Santi
    April 12, 2019

    Burundi is called the heart of Africa, and when you look at it on a map, you can see why. The small country is shaped very much like our body’s most vital organ. 

    Learning to Lead by Serving

    When I was in school, I thought I would be a doctor because I was good in science.

  • New Life in Uganda

    Rachel Chimits
    April 11, 2019

    One village sent out someone to track down help for them, and today their lives are transformed.

    In February, heat shimmers over the road. This is Uganda’s summer season, and temperatures soar to 95 degrees or higher at midday. This heralds the beginning of the Lira sub-region’s rainy season. 

    Orumo’s residents are gathered under a mango tree as Steve Voyen, World Challenge’s director of Sub-Saharan development programs, and Dan, Uganda’s development director, pull up.